A heat advisory will be in effect for Pershing, Churchill, Lyon and Mineral counties below 5,000 feet through today.
Those living in the Reno-Sparks region can expect a high of around 100 degrees today and Friday. Residents in Lovelock and Hawthorne are seeing temperatures in the high 90s, with Lovelock reaching 98 degrees Friday.
In light of this, the National Weather Service is warning the public that heat stroke can occur within minutes.
Residents are asked to avoid physical activity during peak heat hours and to not leave children or pets in unattended cars. Those who do want to spend time outdoors are encouraged to drink plenty of water.
The Washoe County Health District is also warning people to stay indoors — in an air-conditioned environment, if possible.
“Washoe County Health District officials remind people that heat-related illnesses can be deadly, and to take precautions to avoid them,” said health district spokesman Phil Ulibarri in a release sent out this week.
For residents who do not have air conditioning in their home, the health district recommends visiting a shopping mall or public library for relief.
Regardless of activity level, the health district recommends people drink 16 to 32 ounces of cool fluids each hour.
Other ideas include planning outdoor activities for before noon or in the evening, when temperatures drop.
Elderly people should designate a friend or relative to call or check in on them at least twice a day, the district recommends.
When working in the heat, monitor the condition of co-workers, Ulibarri recommended.
“If you are unaccustomed to working or exercising in hot weather, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually,” he said. “If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, stop all activity, get into a cool or shady area, and rest, especially
if you become lightheaded, confused, weak or feel faint.”
Most of all, the health district reminds residents and visitors to “use common sense” when dealing with infants, children and pets.
“Do not leave infants, children or pets in a parked car,” Ulibarri said. “Bring your pets indoors with you to protect them. Give your outdoor animals plenty of fresh water, leave the water in a shady area, and consider wetting the animal down.”
The elderly, young children and those who work outdoors are at the highest risk of developing heat-related illness. A sudden rise in body temperature and dehydration can lead to heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
“If not addressed quickly, brain damage or death can result,” said Health District Officer Joseph Iser. “Our current high temperatures can have serious health consequences.”
To learn more about avoiding heat-related illness, visit www.washoecounty.us/health/ephp/iis/preventheat.html.